For Now, Lockport Wants Its Facial-recognition Security System to Just Watch For Guns

Nov. 24, 2019

The entrance to Anna Merritt Elementary School in Lockport, one of 10 buildings where new security cameras and software have been  installed. (Thomas J. Prohaska/Buffalo News)
The entrance to Anna Merritt Elementary School in Lockport, one of 10 buildings where new security cameras and software have been installed.

Lacking permission to use its 300 digital cameras for facial recognition, officials at the Lockport City School District came up with another idea: Use the cameras to look for guns instead.

That was their plan for this Monday, when the system was to be switched on at the district’s schools.

But the State Education Department hasn’t responded to the district’s request to make that change, so plans to turn on the system have been canceled indefinitely, Superintendent Michelle T. Bradley told The Buffalo News.
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2 Responses to “For Now, Lockport Wants Its Facial-recognition Security System to Just Watch For Guns”

  1. Phil says:

    Why don’t we just build a wall around the schools so that we can control everything and call it what it really has become – a prison.

    What do we have now in our schools?
    Metal Detectors.
    Sidearms for Teachers (let them join the Prison Guard Union).
    High level Face Recognition.
    Blocking some apps and monitoring others.
    Psychological profiling (red flagging).
    Unannounced locker checks.
    Beefed up security for the gunfights which have broken out during football games.
    Cameras on buses.
    Special window coatings to protect from shooters.
    Active shooter drills with safe rooms.

    What a great learning environment.
    “If you see something, say something”. I say what I see is that we have created the dumbest generation to come along in decades.

  2. Joe D says:

    Hey Phil…maybe you should spew your opinion to the parents of schools such as Columbine or other tragic event locations and prepare for their reaction…

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